German & the European Union
- 1/4 of the residents in the European Union speak German as their mother tongue
- 1/3 of European Union citizens say they can converse in German.
Thinking of majoring in Business??? Did you know that German and Germany . . .
- ranks 12th in world in terms of number of people who speak the language
- ranks third when measured in terms of GNP ($1,090 billion), behind only English & Japanese.
- has world’s third largest economy.
- produces more than one quarter of the European Union’s gross domestic product.
- world’s largest exporter & second largest importer
- motor vehicles and industrial systems, chemicals and electronic devices rank high
- products are sold in virtually all of the world’s countries.
- many former Eastern Bloc countries use German to communicate
German-speakers & Americans: Creating the right impression:
- Willy Brandt, former German chancellor, once said: “If I’m selling to you, I speak your language. If I’m buying, dann müssen Sie Deutsch sprechen.”
German & Job prospects
- Many American firms have subsidiaries in Europe! Learning German is a smart career move. (German-based firms include: Daimler-Chrysler, BASF, Bayer, Hoechst, BMW, Siemens, Volkswagen, many others)
- German is the second most used language on the Internet.
German & Academic Research
- the second most commonly used language in which to write a work of scientific research – especially engineering, chemistry & physics
- more than 40% of American scientists recommend their students should learn German
German & Culture
- Literature (Goethe, Schiller, Thomas Mann, Kafka)
- Classical music (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart)
- Art (Kollwitz, Dürer, Klee, Kaninsky)
- Psychology (Freud, Jung)
- Philosophy (Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Benjamin, Adorno)
- Science (Einstein, Kepler, Röntgen, Planck, Virchow)
German & Tourism
- Get to know the people rather than just conversing in English with your tour-guide!
The CORE language requirement and beyond!
- The German Section participates in the University CORE curriculum by offering all levels of language instruction, from elementary through advanced.
- Courses in German culture and literature fulfill the International, the Literature, the Diversity, and the Writing-intensive course requirements.
EXAMPLES OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES FOR GERMAN MAJORS & MINORS:
- International Business
- German major or minor combined with Business German
- International Economics & Modern Language – German
- International Studies, a Program jointly sponsored by the Departments of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures, — and Economics, History, Political Science, Art History and Humanities, Communications, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Sociology
- World Literature
- Educational Certification – Combine a K-12 Comprehensive Teaching Certificate with a German major!
- Double major (German+ 1 other language, or German + 1 other discipline of your choice)
- Humanities Program
- Be a German minor, in conjunction with any major offered at JCU!
Learning German is not as hard as you think!
- German & English belong to the same West Germanic language family and. . .
- share thousands of similar words & phrases, particularly in terms of computer, telecommunications & medical vocabulary.
MORE at JCU!
- You can join the JCU German Club and participate in many exciting extra-curricular activities!
- Advanced students can apply for membership in Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honor Society.
- For more information, see the JCU German web page.